Petra | Feb 23,2012 | 22:59

AMMAN — Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh on Thursday met with a delegation from the United Nations Compensation Committee (UNCC), which is on a visit to the Kingdom to assess the environmental compensation that Jordan received following the 1991 Gulf War.

During the meeting, Khasawneh stressed the government’s keenness to overcome any obstacles facing the implementation of the environmental compensation programmes.

In 2005, the UNCC decided to grant Jordan $160.5 million in compensation for damage to the Kingdom’s water, environment, wildlife, marine life and agriculture in the aftermath of the Gulf War, in addition to $1.4 million to address the salinity of the country’s underground water basins.